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The pan-European securities settlement service TARGET2-Securities (T2S) has made cross-border settlement in Europe easier and more efficient.

As the roll-out phase of the T2S project reaches its final stage with only one migration wave left, we take stock of the opportunities and challenges presented by a more integrated financial market in Europe. What has changed for market participants in Europe following the roll-out of T2S? And what areas should be addressed for users to reap the maximum benefits from T2S?

We have asked market participants to share with us their views on how T2S has transformed the post-trade ecosystem from the user perspective. In a two-part interview we speak with two T2S users: Stephen Lomas, Head of Market Policy Global Transaction Banking at Deutsche Bank (Part one), and Marcello Topa, Director EMEA Market & Policy Strategy at Citi (Part two).

Read this insightful interview and other news in MIP OnLine!

19 April 2017 - T2S in 2016: a foot in the past and an eye to the future

19 April 2017 - T2S in 2016: a foot in the past and an eye to the future

2016 has been another exciting year for T2S! The successful migration of two waves of central securities depositories (CSDs) brought a substantial increase in the volume of transactions settled through the platform. As of the end of February 2017, more than 500,000 securities transactions are settled every day.

The 2016 T2S Annual Report provides an overview of the operational activity of T2S, presenting key facts and figures from the past year. It also gives an insight into the preparations for the final migration wave in September 2017.

The report includes a comprehensive review of the costs and revenues associated with running the platform. For more information on T2S’s financial situation, you can consult the 2015 financial statements or the associated short explanatory note.

The Eurosystem is constantly working towards harmonising post-trade activities across European markets and enhancing the safety and efficiency of its services. How? Discover more about ongoing and future initiatives in the report!

7 February 2017 - T2S doubles settlement volumes with wave 4 migration

7 February 2017 - T2S doubles settlement volumes with wave 4 migration

6 February 2017 was the first operational day on T2S for the clients of six central securities depositories (CSDs) from Austria (OeKB CSD), Germany (Clearstream), Hungary (KELER), Luxembourg (LuxCSD), Slovakia (CDCP) and Slovenia (KDD). Following the successful migration over the weekend, the volume of securities transactions now being settled on the platform has almost doubled. This is the largest T2S migration wave so far, in terms of both the number of CSDs and the increase in settlement volumes.

18 CSDs, representing 16 markets, are now settling securities transactions on the pan-European platform. T2S is thus making a solid contribution to post-trade integration in Europe.

31 January 2017 - T2S markets achieve 70% harmonisation compliance

31 January 2017 - T2S markets achieve 70% harmonisation compliance

Ahead of each migration wave, the ECB assesses how far T2S markets comply with a set of pre-defined post-trade harmonisation standards. The harmonisation agenda includes 24 technical, regulatory and market activities which are subject to regular monitoring by the T2S community. The latest harmonisation progress report shows that 70% of these activities are now fully complied with, compared with 63% five months ago.

Despite the remaining gaps in the area of corporate actions, all T2S markets have improved their overall compliance record in the past three years. Looking at the six markets which will join T2S on 6 February 2017, no major obstacles to achieving full compliance by their agreed deadlines are anticipated.

The European Commission’s efforts to build a capital markets union go hand in hand with the T2S harmonisation agenda insofar as they address some remaining barriers to cross-border clearing and settlement, such as conflict of law and withholding tax procedures.

12 December 2016 - T2S: what will 2017 bring?

12 December 2016 - T2S: what will 2017 bring?

2016 has been another successful year for T2S! T2S has grown significantly since the launch of the platform in 2015. With the latest wave of CSDs that joined the platform last September, T2S is now processing almost 50% of the total transaction volume expected by 2017.

The platform is running smoothly, making it possible for 12 European CSDs to safely and efficiently settle securities transaction in central bank money.

T2S is now entering a crucial year: the last two migration waves will take place in February and September 2017, bringing another nine CSDs on board. Community testing of wave 4 CSDs is progressing as planned and we are looking forward to welcoming them next February!

We wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

13 September 2016 - Wave 3 CSDs have joined T2S!

13 September 2016 - Wave 3 CSDs have joined T2S!

We are happy to welcome five new central securities depositories to T2S! Having successfully migrated over the past weekend, Euroclear Belgium, Euroclear France, Euroclear Nederland, VP Lux (Luxembourg) and VP Securities (Denmark) began operating on the platform as of 12 September 2016.

With wave 3 on board, T2S is now processing about 45% of the total transaction volume expected after the end of full migration in 2017. The next migration wave (wave 4) is planned for 6 February 2017.

9 September 2016 - T2S wave 3 migration has started!

9 September 2016 - T2S wave 3 migration has started!

The T2S migration plan is moving forwards as the wave 3 central securities depositories start the migration process today, Friday, 9 September 2016. The migration will take place over the weekend.

Euroclear Belgium, Euroclear France, Euroclear Nederland, VP Lux (Luxembourg) and VP Securities (Denmark) will start operating on T2S as of Monday, 12 September 2016.

Read about the wave 3 markets’ compliance with the post-trade harmonisation standards in the latest T2S harmonisation update.

5 September 2016 - Harmonisation update prior to wave 3 migration

5 September 2016 - Harmonisation update prior to wave 3 migration

The migration date of the third wave of central securities depositories joining T2S is quickly approaching and we have checked where they stand in terms of complying with the T2S harmonisation standards.

The mid-year T2S harmonisation update reports that the Belgian, Danish, Dutch, French and Luxembourgish markets joining the platform on 12 September 2016 are close to full compliance. They have already implemented most of the 16 harmonisation standards identified as high priority by the T2S Community and monitored by the T2S Advisory Group.

The markets which joined T2S with the second migration wave this spring also demonstrate a high level of compliance. Implementation gaps still exist in some areas, such as corporate actions, but T2S markets have done a great deal of work to address them.

29 June 2016 - New publication looks at what follows after a successful year with T2S

29 June 2016 - New publication looks at what follows after a successful year with T2S

To celebrate the first anniversary of T2S we are launching a new Special Series issue, A year with T2S – what’s next? Marc Bayle takes stock of where we are and looks ahead to consider the future direction of our common market infrastructure. In an interview, some of the main actors involved in the project share insights from T2S. And in a dedicated article you can find out what the market thinks about the future of real-time gross settlement and the consolidation of TARGET2 and T2S. To get a better understanding of the Eurosystem’s real-time gross settlement services, check out the new ECB explainer, What is TARGET2?. We hope you enjoy the read!

22 June 2016 - Celebrating T2S – a year in

22 June 2016 - Celebrating T2S – a year in

Happy first birthday, T2S! A year has gone by in the blink of an eye, but what an eventful year it has been. On 22 June 2015, four central securities depositories (CSDs) from Greece, Malta, Romania and Switzerland completed their migration to T2S. The Italian market joined them shortly after on 31 August 2015. Since then, two more CSDs from Belgium and Portugal have begun operating on the T2S platform.

T2S and its community have grown in more ways than one. Dealing with unexpected challenges has been a part of the journey, but they have not deterred us from the end goal. We are eager to welcome the remaining CSDs joining T2S in the remaining three waves, with the final wave scheduled for September 2017. Do you want to know more about how T2S is performing? Keep an eye out for the upcoming Special Series to be published next week.

29 March 2016 - T2S welcomes the wave 2 CSDs!

29 March 2016 - T2S welcomes the wave 2 CSDs!

The roll-out of T2S has moved forwards as the Portuguese and Belgian central securities depositories (CSDs) – Interbolsa and National Bank of Belgium Securities Settlement System (NBB-SSS) – successfully completed their migration activities, as scheduled, over the Easter weekend and started operating on the platform as of 29 March 2016.

The two CSDs made up the second wave of the T2S migration plan approved by the Governing Council of the ECB. The Belgian and Portuguese markets’ compliance with the T2S harmonisation standards was assessed prior to their migration and is presented in the Sixth T2S Harmonisation Progress Report.

15 March 2016 - 2015: a remarkable year for T2S

15 March 2016 - 2015: a remarkable year for T2S

2015 saw the launch of T2S and the successful migration of the first wave of CSDs to the securities settlement platform. The T2S platform has proved to be stable for daily operations and settles, on average, 1.87 million securities transactions every month.

The 2015 T2S Annual Report presents further key facts and figures on the first six months in operation, as well as a comprehensive review of the financial situation. It also highlights the current European initiatives aimed at harmonising and integrating the post-trade market beyond securities settlement.

Substantial progress has also been made over the past year towards harmonising post-trade activities across T2S markets. The Sixth T2S Harmonisation Progress Report describes the compliance status of each market with the 24 harmonisation standards defined by the T2S Advisory Group using a “traffic light” colour system.

On 18 March the Governing Council of the ECB approved the updated T2S migration plan.

23 February 2016 - Join the first Focus Session

23 February 2016 - Join the first Focus Session

Following the success of the T2S Info Sessions, and based on the constructive feedback we received from many of our stakeholders, we are excited to announce the first ever Focus Session on 8 April 2016, hosted by Banco de España.

The new Focus Sessions will deepen the dialogue across the financial sector and broaden the range of topics discussed, going beyond T2S and the post-trade world to address current market integration topics more generally.

For a flavour of what’s to come, why not take a look at the full programme for the day? Stay tuned as we announce our industry speakers in the coming weeks.

To secure a place, simply send an email to MIP.events@ecb.europa.eu by 6 April 2016. Follow us on Twitter for more details.

02 February 2016 - T2S migration moving forward

02 February 2016 - T2S migration moving forward

At its meeting on 10 December 2015, the CSD Steering Group (CSG) agreed with the T2S Board on a new migration plan and to introduce additional mitigating actions that would aim to; (i) avoid further delays for any CSDs and, (ii) reduce the impact of such delays on other CSDs.

On 2 February, the migration plan has been slightly revised to accommodate the Baltic CSDs’ migration in the final wave. In addition, the successful migration weekend dress rehearsals of wave 2 (Interbolsa and NBB-SSS) and wave 3 (Euroclear ESES, VP Lux and VP Securities) show that progress is being made – a reason for increased confidence in the ability of the CSDs and the Eurosystem to meet the different milestones set out in the new plan.

There is now a better understanding of the CSD migration dependencies. Although there are only a very limited number of migration dependencies between CSDs, the risk remains that a further delay of one CSD triggers changes in the migration plans of other CSDs.

The T2S Board and the CSG are continuing to monitor the CSD migration preparations in the context of the migration plan.

10 December 2015 - Agreement reached on new migration plan

10 December 2015 - Agreement reached on new migration plan

In their meeting of 10 December the CSD Steering Group discussed the outcome of the technical assessment of solutions for the delayed migration of Euroclear ESES CSDs to T2S. Agreement was reached to follow a migration plan that would allow Euroclear ESES CSDs to migrate on 12 September 2016 together with VP Lux and VP Securities, while Clearstream Banking AG, the Baltic CSDs, CDCP, KDD, KELER, LuxCSD and OeKB CSD would migrate on 6 February 2017. The final wave, comprised of Iberclear and Euroclear Finland, would migrate to T2S on 18 September 2017.

NBB-SSS and Interbolsa are maintaining their original plan to migrate on 28 March 2016.

The new migration plan will be complemented by further mitigating actions that will aim to avoid further delays of any CSD and to reduce the impact of such delay on other CSDs. This discussion will be concluded in February 2016 for decision by the Governing Council on the new migration plan.

8 December 2015 - T2S OnLine under your Christmas tree

8 December 2015 - T2S OnLine under your Christmas tree

With the holidays fast approaching, Santa Claus is busy preparing for the season and we are busy preparing the last issue of T2S OnLine, which will be available in HTML format on our website early next week. Marc Bayle, Chairman of the T2S Board, will share his reflections on the following questions:

  • What are the current challenges for the T2S project?
  • How can they be solved?
  • What will happen in the months to come?

Also featured is a detailed status update by Mehdi Manaa, T2S Programme Manager, who will share with you some news on T2S in operation, the lessons learnt so far and the ongoing preparations for subsequent migration waves. Finally, find out what it is like managing a project like T2S in an interview with two of the T2S Board members. As you can see, the new T2S OnLine has a lot to offer, so make sure you don’t miss it!

12 November 2015 - Why join the next T2S Info Session?

12 November 2015 - Why join the next T2S Info Session?

The next T2S Info Session is just around the corner, but there is still time to register and join nearly 100 participants who have already secured their place. If you’re still wondering whether the Info Session is worth your while, here are just a few of the compelling reasons why you should attend the event in Copenhagen on 1 December:

  • Get the latest updates on T2S in operation
  • Learn about T2S and the Nordic market directly from our industry speakers
  • Find out where market infrastructure is heading in the near future
  • Have your voice heard on topics that have the potential to alter the way we see the post-trade business in Europe
  • Network with participants from all over the continent

Check out our programme for the day—it is sure to whet your appetite. To register, send an e-mail to t2-s@ecb.europa.eu by 26 November.